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Animals : Wildlife Conservation

Return to Freedom

Wild Horse Conservation

three stars

81.63

P.O. Box 926 Lompoc, CA 93438
tel: (805) 737-9246   Web Site
EIN: 06-1484961

Board Leadership
Kevin Beckmen
Board Chair

CEO
Neda DeMayo
President, Founder

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 81.63 three stars
  Financial 78.80 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Return to Freedom is a wild horse sanctuary founded in 1997 by Neda DeMayo, and is the realization of her life-long dream: to protect the freedom and natural lifestyle of America's free ranging wild horses. Return to Freedom aims to accomplish its mission through sanctuary, education and conservation, while enriching the human spirit through direct experience with the natural world. Return to Freedom provides a safe haven to over 400 wild horses and burros. Recognizing that wild horses live in tightly bonded herd groups, Return to Freedom became the first sanctuary with a focus on rescuing entire family bands. Return to Freedom's educational programs facilitate a direct experience with nature and animals through non-intrusive, sensitive observation.

Return to Freedom is a wild horse sanctuary founded in 1997 by Neda DeMayo, and is the realization of her life-long dream: to protect the freedom and natural lifestyle of America's free ranging wild horses. Return to Freedom aims to accomplish its mission through sanctuary, education and conservation, while enriching the human spirit through direct experience with the natural world. Return to Freedom provides a safe haven to over 400 wild horses and burros. Recognizing that wild horses live in tightly bonded herd groups, Return to Freedom became the first sanctuary with a focus on rescuing entire family bands. Return to Freedom's educational programs facilitate a direct experience with nature and animals through non-intrusive, sensitive observation.

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Financial

two stars

78.80

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
80.8%
  Administrative Expenses 12.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.58
  Program Expenses Growth -2.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 21.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Return to Freedom on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Return to Freedom on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Return to Freedom (CA) 81.63 three stars
The Elephant Sanctuary (TN) 98.47 four stars
Our Companions Animal Rescue (CT) 96.13 four stars
Performing Animal Welfare Society (CA) 95.70 four stars
Center for Great Apes (FL) 95.55 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,147,043
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $20,790
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,167,833
   Program Service Revenue $202,383
Total Primary Revenue $1,370,216
   Other Revenue $121,916
TOTAL REVENUE $1,492,132
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,512,863
   Administrative Expenses $281,680
   Fundraising Expenses $178,513
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,973,056
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-480,924
   
Net Assets $1,317,181

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 10/01/2019 81.63 three stars
2017-12 06/01/2019 78.39 two stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 84.69 three stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 78.55 two stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 91.14 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 91.22 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 91.00 four stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 86.51 three stars
2012-12 05/01/2014 78.56 two stars
2011-12 07/01/2013 73.45 two stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 82.65 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 88.40 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 03/01/2011 91.46 four stars
2007-12 12/01/2009 77.70 two stars
2006-12 04/01/2008 83.30 three stars
2005-12 04/01/2007 90.90 four stars
2004-12 04/01/2006 88.12 three stars
2003-12 05/01/2005 76.68 two stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 06-1484961
Name in IRS Master File RETURN TO FREEDOM INC
NTEE Code D20
NTEE Classification Animal Protection and Welfare
NTEE Type Animal-Related
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(913) Prevention of cruelty to animals
(124) Study and research (non-scientific)
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date August, 1997
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$63,611 3.22% Neda Demayo President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Return to Freedom (CA) 81.63 three stars
American Eagle Foundation (TN) 97.03 four stars
Center for Great Apes (FL) 95.55 four stars
The Wild Animal Sanctuary (CO) 92.92 four stars
Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary (GA) 89.39 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Return to Freedom
P.O. Box 926
Lompoc, CA 93438
tel: (805) 737-9246
fax: (805) 800-0868
EIN: 06-1484961

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Board Leadership

Kevin Beckmen
Board Chair

CEO

Neda DeMayo
President, Founder

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